How do I Convert a Scanned PDF Image to an Excel File?

By Stephanie Ellen

Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010 workbooks can be saved as PDF files from within Excel. However, converting a PDF file back to Excel isn't quite as automatic--but if you don't have the original Excel file to work with, you can get software to convert a PDF to an Excel file for you. A problem with PDF conversions in the past was low quality of output. However, today's PDF to Excel converters can create highly editable files.

Step 1

Navigate to Invest in Tech's Able3Extract PDF converter (see Resources) and then download the software to your computer. The software employs a user-friendly navigation window where you open your PDFs in the viewer and then select the data you want to convert. All you have to do is click the "Convert" button and your data is instantly converted into PDF data into Word or Excel.

Step 2

Click on the PDF to Excel converter (see Resources). The fully online program requires no download and is completely free. Click on the "Choose File" button and navigate to the PDF file on your computer. Type your email address into the "Email Address" box and then click on "Convert." The file will be converted and appear in your inbox a few minutes later as an attachment.

Step 3

Navigate to the PDF2XL OCR website listed in Resources. The software converts PDFs to Excel in a single click and can extract data from almost any PDF. Once you view your PDF in the program, select the data you want to convert and then click on the "Convert" button. To see if your PDF files will convert properly using the software, PDF2XL is available as a fully functional, seven-day trial.

Tips & Warnings

  • Quality varies wildly between converters, so try converters on a trial basis if you are thinking of buying. Some converters may be good at keeping formatting, while others can reproduce cell coloring and row or column width accurately. Which converter, if any, you want to purchase will depend upon the factors that are important to you.